” Jim Carducci is an engineer with a passion for dual sport motorcycles and the Harley Sportster motor. So he’s put the two together and created the Carducci Dual Sport SC3 Adventure.
It’s not quite as improbable as it sounds, and the amount of engineering on the finished product is quite remarkable. But the question remains: why? “I had a vision of how I could somehow transform a Sportster into a viable dual sport motorcycle,” says Jim. “Others have built variations of the idea, but none suited my eye. And few were truly capable off-road dual sport bikes.”
To set the benchmark, Jim rode BMW GSs, KTM 950s and other big dual sport bikes. After almost 10 years of thinking about it and talking about it, he started developing the SC3 prototype. “The Sportster motor was the key,” he says. “It produces tractable low-end power and is loaded with torque. Both of which are ideal for dual sporting. Plus, I just love the sound, feel, and look of its V-Twin motor—it has lots of soul!”
Jim bought a 2003 100th Anniversary Sportster “donor” bike—one of the last ‘hard mount’ Sportsters, with a lighter motor than the newer 2004+ model rubber-mounted motors. He then created 2D AutoCAD layouts to lock down the geometry of the frame, motor, suspension, wheels and rider position. ”
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